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Keport 



OF THE 



Woi\K OF THE Fourteenth Veae^ 



OF THE 



PACIFIC GARDEN MISSION, 

gtitllttg Jicvt I4ni, 1891. 



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CHICAGO. 



YHB aniPT A ROSIER CO-j 178 RANDOLPH ST.. OHIOAOO« 



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To-day, Sept. 15th, 1891, marks the 14th Anniversary of the 
founding of the 

Pacific Gai^dbn (Qission. 

Fourteen years have swiftly sped away since we first began 
our Mission Work in a little room in the old mill property on Clark 
street, a few doors South of Van Buren. 

(IJhait (©HANGBS 

have come over Chicago and the Northwest since that humble event 
and yet an event so fraught with blessings to ourselves, and we trust 
also to many others who have sought refuge from the storms and 
tempests of life in this to them 

LCITTLB r^AVBN OP FjBSJIt. 

This city has more than doubled its population since 'then and 
the great Northwest has added many States to the Union. The com- 
merce of Chicago has trebled and our vast Rail Road System has 
reached out to all parts of this continent. We are sorry to say 

UI6B AND Sl^IMB AND INTBMPBI^ANGB 
have also increased in like ratio. Thank God the growth of the Mis- 



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sion work has, also, kept pace with all these other things. Where 
then was only 

One Small Gospel (Dission 

there are now over fivrufy flourishing ones besides the buin- 
mer tent work of the Chicago Evangelization Society of which Mr, 
Moody is President, and the Bible Institute with 150 students quali- 
fying for the work. The Salvation Armv has also had its rise in 
this country since that time. So while there is still much to dis- 
courage the Christian worker, there is also much to cheer. 
It is with 

gl^OPOUND GF^ATIITUDB TO GOD 

that we are able to say that Our Mission Work has been 
carried steadily on every day and every night since we first 
begun the work 14 years ago, and that it has constantly increased in 
magnitude and power for good until this fourteenth year has 

BEEN BY FAR THE MOST FRUITFUL OF AI-L THE PASf YEARS OF THE 

WORK. More ineetings have been held, more workers have been em- 
ployed, the attendance has been niuch larger and tlie number of those 
professing to be saved greatly increased. There has also been more 
aid given to the sick and the distressed, more homes visited, more 
work done in the jail and hospital, and more drunkards and crimi- 
nals rescued. 

©HE ?X)OI^I^EI^S. 

with few exceptions, have been kept in their usual health although 
♦'La Grippe" has not entirely passed us by, yet the work has gone 
steadily on without any serious or appreciable interruption. 

OUF^ I^IND Fl^IENDS, 

although the times have been financially close, have not forgotten 
us, but have contributed nearly as large a proportion of the expenses 



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of the work as in forrr.ei* years, as will be seen by the financial state- 
ment on another page of this report. 
Owing to 

fl LiAF^GEI^ fliriTBNDANGE ©HAN GYEI^ 

Bbpoi^b 

and to the many seeking employment in Chicago by reason of the 
notoriety of the World's Fair and the increased destitution and in- 
creased sickness by '^La Grippe," the expenses of the Mission this 
14th year have been larger than ever before. Besides, the increase 
of the work to be done has necessitated the employment of more 
permanent help. 

©HE FOUNDEI^S OP THE (DiSSION. 

have, as a rule, put in six nights at the Mission each week, and Mrs. 
Clarke has been absent scarcely a night of the six of each week- 

OUI^ ^I^ESENT LlEASB 

expires on May ist, 1892, and we have no expectation of being able 
to renew it. We have been also disappointed in getting the money 
with which to secure a new and a 

^BF^MANBNUI I^OMB POI^ THE GQlSSION, 

and so far as we can see from this present stand-point, the Mission 
must close its doors on May ist next unless a kind Providence shall 
move upon the hearts of the good people of Chicago and the coun- 
try at large to help us provide another suitable place for the work. 
Whether this Mission is 

^ Good Institution poi^ ^higago 

or not, others who know about the work must be the judges. We 
have 



Oppbi^bd jho mai^N thb ^oi^i^ Ovbi^ 

to the Evangelical Churches of Chicago if they were willing to take 
charge of the work and assume the financial responsibility, we at 
the same time continuing in the work free of cost to the Mission as 
we have done in the past, and also giving all we could of money 
to its support. 

BUIP so BA^ NO ^HUI^GH 

has signified a desire to be thus identified with the Mission. We 
trust, however, that our God in whom we trust and who has so far 
carried us through every trial, will continue so to do in future until 
our work in this field of labor shall be fully accomplished. To Him 
and to His Dear Son and to the Christian and benevolent people 
who have hitherto sustained us, we commit the future of the Mis- 
sion and our own unprofitable but willing services. 

All of which is respectfully submitted by the Founders of the 
Mission, 

Geo. R. and Mrs. Clarke. 

ShB GHAI^IIPABLB fj^OI^I^ OP THE ffllSSION. 

It will be seen by the financial report of this Mission on 
another page of this report, that a very important feature of the 
work is in looking after the immediate and pressing wants of the 
poor and sick and aged who are either sent to us by the police and 
other persons, or who are attracted to the Mission for rest and tem- 
porary relief, as well as by those who are found sick and suffering 
in the house to house visitation by our Missionaries. 

This relief consists in giving food, clothing and fuel, in free 
lodgings and in medicines for the sick, and often in furnishing 
money for rent and part of funeral expenses for their dead, and oc- 
casionally in providing transportation to their friends in the 
country. 



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This relief to the poor and the sick and aged is necessitated hy 
the fact that some of it would not come under the rules of other 
charitable institutions or by reason of the urgency of the cases 
when immediate help must be had. 

A little timely relief in this direction often prevents the county 
from having the care of paupers and the sick for weeks and months. 
We trust that this feature of the work will commend itself to the 
charitable citizens of Chicago. 

©HINBSB @IiASSBS. 

The ladies of the Women's Baptist Missionary Training School 
are teaching in our Mission on Sunday afternoon several Chinese. 
They report a good interest and some hopeful cases. The pupils 
number from twenty to thirty. 

Bl^ISON 0)*OI^I^. 

Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke and Mr. Charles Cook are the Prison 
visitors of our Mission, Mrs. Clarke making three visits in the 
afternoon, of several hours duration, each week, and Mr. Cook gen- 
erally a visit each Sunday morning when he is in the city. Mrs. 
Clarke reports from two to three hundred prisoners vi^ited by 
her each week, and that she has personal conversations, with 
a large number of them. They are constantly coming and 
going so that a large number, reaching up into the thousands, 
are told the way *of salvntion each year, and a large number 
profess to seek salvation in Christ and profess a desire to live a good 
Christian life. She also takes with her to prison a large amount of 
reading matter, and tracts and testaments, amounting in all to about 
a ton's weight in a year, which she distributes among the prisoners. 
This reading matter is mostly of a religious and moral character. 
Extracts from the many letters received by her from converted 
prisoners are very gratifying. Several ex-convicts converted 
under her ministrations in the County Jail in past years, 
now, after serving out their various terms of imprisonment, 



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occupy lucrative and profitable places in business houses in this 
city, and are honored and beloved by their employers. Pray for 
God's blessing upon our daily work. 

Rf^EB Sewing School. 

This very flourishing branch of our work is also under the ex- 
clusive care and control of the Ladies of the Baptist Missionary 
Training School. It numbers on the rolls nearly two hundred 
names and has an average attendance of considerably over a hun- 
dred. It meets every Saturday forenoon. These little girls are 
taught plain sewing, etc., and how to be helpful to themselves and 
to their parents at home. Besides, they are happily brought undei' 
refining and Christian influences which will tell all through their 
lives for good. 

Oui^ Bible Sghool 

is under the very able superintendency of Mrs. Carlos Swift, who 
is an able and skillful teacher, and whose ivhole heart is in the work. 
She has succeeded in getting many of the converts of the Mission 
deeply interested in the word of God. Under her management the 
class is growing so large that even now we feel the need of a large 
room. 

OUF^ Sunday School. 

The Pacific Garden Mission Sunday School, under the super- 
intendency of Mrs. Morris and her very eflScient corps of teachers of 
the Women^s Baptist Missionary Training School, is in a very 
health-ful and flourishing condition, as will be seen by the report on 
another page. It is not a large school, (the room not admitting of a 
large school), but it is one of the best taught schools in the city. It 
is wonderful what an improvement has been made in the lives and 
deportment of these litle street children since these dear Christian 
Ladies of the Training School have taken our school under their 
charge. What were once rough boys and girls, are now for the 



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most part, well behaved children, and many of them we trust have 
been truly converted, and through them and the other agencies of 
the Mission some of their parents have been brought to Christ. 
Pray for our Sunday schc^l. 

(il^IME ^I^BVBNTING fiGENGY OP THE 

(Mission. 

It is well known to those familiar with the work of the 
Mission that much crime is prevented from being committed by 
the agency of this mission. Situated as it is at the threshold of a 
portion of the city where the criminal classes resort nightly, many 
of the crooked people are attracted by the music in the Mission, 
and while there they hear things which induce them To abandon 
their criminal life, and to give up the preying upon the property of 
others. Besides this is the fact that many of the prisoners in the 
Cook County Jail are converted and induced to lead a life of integ- 
rity when they come out of prison, by the labors of Mrs. Clarke and 
others of our mission. Some of these once criminals are now re- 
spectable, honest citizens, living good Christian lives, and are 
trusted and beloved by their employers, who know all about their 
past lives. We trust that this phase of our mission work will com- 
mend itself to the favorable judgment of our business men. 

Finances op the GQission. 

These are suppRed in a large part by the voluntary offerings of 
our liberal minded Christians and citizens, ])ut a large sum is still 
furnished by the founders of the mission, who have labored in the 
Mission over three hundred nights and all day on Sunday each 
year for fourteeen years, without any salary or pay whatever, save 
what the dear Lord gives them in the consciousness of thus being 
helpful to others, and in the peace and happiness which comes 
from their labor of love to the poor and suffering. The report of 
receipts and expenditures will be found on other pages of this re- 
port. 



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are due to these generous donors and also to the many donors 
of Clothes, Papers, Tracts, Bibles, etc., which we have distributed 
among the needj. Our prayers are ever offered for God's richest 
blessings upon them. 

DONAIPIONS OTHBI^ THAN IN fflONBY. 

We are greatly indebted to many liberal minded people for 
donations of second hand clothing for men and women, which Mrs. 
Clarke has judiciously distributed to the poor and needy, and which 
has enabled the recipients to obtain employment and to be comfort- 
able and cleanly, which could not have been the case had there 
been no such means of help. Also for tracts and papers and books 
for distribution in the jail and to the poor at the door of the Mis- 
sion by Mrs. Clarke. And to all those kind friends we extend our 
warmest thanks. 

©ONYEI^iFS OP THE ffllSSION 

We are often asked what becomes of the converts of the 
Mission. We will answer the question to the best of our ability. 
First, many, the larger part of them, are transient people, only re- 
maining in the city for a few days, and leave for other parts soon 
after they are converted. We often hear from these by letter and 
otherwise. Another part of them remaining in the city, unite with 
the various churches, and some remain in the city without uniting 
with any church because they were born of Catholic parents. Per- 
haps it is safe to say that over one half of our audiences on any given 
week are composed of strangers in the city, coming from hotels, 
vessels, railroad depots, stock yards and from homes of friends. 



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Whole number of Gospel Meetings in the Mission Hall for 

the 14th year, ending Sept. 14, 1891, were - - 501 

Whole number of out door Gospel Meetings held by the Mis- 
sion workers during the year were - - - 130 

Whole number of Sunday'School Sessions - . . 52 

Whole number of Bible Class Sessions separate from the Sun- 

day School ...... 52 

Whole number of Chinese Gospel Meetings - - 52 

Whole number of Free Sewing Schools for the year were - 52 

Total number of meetings in door and out door held during the 

year were - - - - - - 839 

Total attendance during the 14th year ending Sept. 14th, 1891, were 

as follows: — 
Attendance at Gospel Meetings in Mission Hall - - 93^600 
Attendance at out door Meetings (estimated) - - 39,000 

Attendance in Sunday School .... 5,240 

Attendance in Bible Class .... 4,100 

Attendance in Chinese Gospel Meetings - - 1,560 

Attendance in Free Sewing School - - - - 6,500 

Total attendance in all meetings - - - - 150,000 

Number of professed seekers during the year - 5, 618 

The expenses of the Mission for the 14th year ending Sept 14th, 

1 891, have been as follows: — 
Rent of Hall and one room - - ' - - - $2,000.00 

Salaries of five assistants, viz: 2 missionaries and helpers, 

I cornetist, i orgtinist and a janitor - - - 2,863,35 

Coal for Mission and poor - - - 150.00 

Electric lights - - - - - - 365.00 

Gas - _ . . . - . 100.00 

Printing Songs and Cards, Reports, etc. - - 360.00 

Repairs and furniture of Mission Rooms - - 150.00 

Contributions of lodgings, meals and medicines, rent and 

supplies, etc., for the poor and sick - - - 1,491.96 



Total expenses for the year - - - $7,480.31 



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GONfTI^IBUTIONS. 



Ayers, Ed. 
Andrews, F. H. 
Aa'ery, Mrs. P. A. 
Adams, F. Granger 
Atwater, Johx F, 

B 

BouTox, N. S. 
Blair, Wm. 
BoYNTON, Mrs. 
Black, Mattie, 
Beach, E. Kellogg, 
Bacon, H. M, 
Black, M. 
BissELL, Geo. F. 
Ball, Mrs. J. R. 
Brown, J. W. 
Bible Class, 
Burdoff, Geo. 
Bro. in Christ, 

c 

Carson, Pirie, Scott & 
Carter, C. T. 
Calvery, James, 
Chandlkr & Co., 
Crumb, Edward 
Collection 2nd Pres. 
Chicago Forge & Bolt 



- $100.00 

2.00 

10.00 

25.00 

5.00 

50.00 
25.00 

•50 
4.00 

25. GO 

1500 

2.00 

10.00 

12.00 

5.00 

4.00 

5.00 

9.00 

Co , 200.00 

1300 

13.00 

- 10.00 

1. 00 

Ch. 96.76 

Co., 25.00 



CoLTON, Mr. 
Cook, John S. 
Crosier, W. M. 
Convert, 
Crowl,J. T. 
Calvery, Herbert 
Cook, Chas. 
Clarke, B. F. 

D 

Dunning, Mrs. Wm. 
Duffy, Thomas 
Dodge, Geo. E. P. 
DOULE, Vv^. C. 
Douglass, A. P. 
Degolyer, W. 
Dean, Bro. 
Davis, Chas. L. 
Dunn, D. R. 

E 

Earl Bros., 
Excell, E. O. 
Eberhart, John 
Elderkin, Geo. D, 
Evans, Wm, 

F 

Forbes, A. 
Friend, 
Ford, J. S. 



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fRIEND, 

Friend, (Phila.,) 
P'riend, 

t'RIEND, 

f^REEMAX, Thomas 

t'AVORITE, C M. 
t'RIEND, 

t'RASER & Chalmers, 
Farvvell, a. B. 
Friend, 



I.OO 

lO.OO 

I.OO 

5.00 

5.00 

10.00 
5.00 

25.00 
7.00 

I.OO 



Hale, W. E. 



I 



Green, O. B. - - 125.00 

Gage, L.J. - - - 25.00 
Garrettson Rich'd & Wife, 2.00 
Garrettson, S'r Gertrude, i.oo 
GiLMAN, J. D. - - - 500 
Gilbert, Scott - - i.oo 

H 



HiBBARD, Spencer, Bart- 

lett & Co. - - lOOOO 
Hinckley, S. T. - - 240.00 
Hutchinson, C. E. - - 50.00 
Holt, D. R. - -* - 25.00 
Hoffman, Geo W. - 20.00 
Harris, N. W. & Co. - 15.00 

Henderson', C. M. - 25.00 

Herald, Mission - • - 2.00 
Humphrey, Mr. - - 2.00 
Hubbard, Mrs. M. A. - 20.00 
HuRD, H. B. - - - 10.00 
Hamlin, Mrs. M.Jeanette 15.00 



Ives, Dr. and Wife 

J 

ACOBS, W. B. 
Jack, (Sailor,) 
Jaap, Bro. 

Jaap, Master Ernest 
Jacobs, B. F. 

K 

KlEFER, Wm. 

King, H. W. 
Kellogg, E. L. 
Knight, Rev. M. G. 
Kean, S. a. 
Keen, Aglee 
Kerfoot, W. D. 
Knight, H. W. 
Kenwood Union Evan'l 
Church Col. 

L 

Leiter, L. Z. 
Leavitt, Dr. S. 
Lawson, Victor F. 
Lord, Thos. 
Lyon, John B. 



25.00 
5.00 

10.00 

10.00 

10.00 

I.oo 

100.00 

20.00 
10.00 
20.00 
50.00 

5 00 
10.00 
10.00 

I.oo 

1 80.00 

100.00 

II 0.00 

10.00 

10.00 

lOCO 



M 

Mission, Pacific Garden 

Collections, - - 57i-^ 
MoRRissoN, Plummer & Co 10.00 
McWilliams,Mr.(Mr.Pike,)i5.oo 



Midler, J. W. 
Miller, Mrs. Jennie 
Mack & Son, J. F. 
Matthews, Chas. 
Merriam, C. W. 
McGuire, Thos. 

O 

OSBURN, H. S. 

p 

Packard, S. W. 
Pitkin & Brooks, 
Potter, D. W. 
Peabody, F. a. 

Q 

Qutnter, Fred 

R 

Pv.iDDLE, Hugh T, 
Ralston, H^ M. (Prest.,) 
Remington, Mrs. H, H. 
Redfield, Mr. 
Reynolds, Wm. C. 
Revell, F. H. 
Rounds, Mrs T. C. - 
Rand, Wm. 
Roberts, Mrs. Mary A. 

s 

Storey, C. W. & H. C. 
Simmons, Chas. E. 
Springer, Geo. A, - 
Shaw,T. A.& Co., (Mr.Pike), 
Stoddard, Mr. 



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lo.oo Sloan, Daniel - . jo.oc 

- 3-50 Swift, Rev. C. and Wife, . 9.0c 

5.00 Standart, Geo. - - 2.0c 

■ 3-00 Sniffen, E. D. - . IOC 

10.00 Smiley, Rebecca H. - jo.ob 

20.00 Stranger, - . . c_oo 

ScHOLDER, E. F. (Return loan) 22.25 

25.00 SiLVA, C. P. 

Spencer, Mr. 
300.00 Stouffer, C. R. 
25.00 -p 

10.00 Thacher Bro's, 
5.00 Torrey, Rev. R. A.* 
ToRREY, Mrs. R. A. 
Thacher, Mrs. A. 

W 

Walker, Geo. C. 
Wilson Bro's 
5.00 Wheeler, C. G. 
5.00 Williams, E. M. 
25.00 W'ooD Bro's, 
25.00 Wilkins, Mrs. E. M. 
10.00 Wilander, Nels 
5.00 Wait, H. F. 
25.00 Waite,John 

Webb, J. B. - 
Wilcox, Mrs. H. M. 



•70 

100.00 
50.00 



- 5-00 
1. 00 

- 5.00 

- 20.00 
5.00 
2.00 

- 5-00 

- 50.00 
10.00 

- • 10.00 
10.00 
15.00 

5.00 
5.00 
5.00 ' 
5.00 
5.00 
2.00 , 

- 5.00 I 
1. 00 I 

25.00 Founders of THE Mission 3374.34 

iOTAL 7460.31 . 

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• 25.00 

- 25.00 

25.00 



Waters, Tho's 
Worrell, Rev, E. R. 



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WOI^I^EI^S. 



The present regular working force of the Mission consists of 
the following named persons: 

Col. George R. and Mrs. Clarke, Superintendents. 

Harry Monroe, Assistant Superintendent. 

Bertie Ashton, Assistant Missionary. 

Win, Evans, Cornetist. 

Miss Mamie Nelson, Organist. 

Mr. Chas. Cook, Rev. Carlos Swift, Geo. E. Wilson, Leaders of 

Meetings. 

Mrs. Carlos Swift, Teacher of Bible Class. 

Mrs. C. D. Morris, Superintendent Sunday School. 

Mr. G. S. Hubbell, Mr. A. B. Wagner, Mr. W. H. Willicome, 
Mr. Edward Edwards, Ushers. 

The Women's Baptist Missionary Training School furnishes all 
the teachers in our Sunday School, Sewing School and Chinese 
Gospel Meetings. 

Besides the above who are permanent workers, we have a large 
number of volunteer workers: Clergymen, Evangelists, Singers 
and others, who occasionally put in a night at the Mission in 
leading meetings, in Solo Singing and in other work. Among 
these are : 

D. W. Potter, Rev. Alex. Patterson, Rev. R. McLane, William 
Spencer, Harold Sayles, Major D. W. Whittle, Ferdinand Schiverea, 
Rev. Mr. Eaton, Peter Bilhorn, Evangelists; Rev. Mr. Kilbourn, 
Rev. Mr. Gilbert, Clergymen, and many others not so frequently, 
and several students of the Bible Institute. 



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^ Y)A^D QUESTION ^0 flNSWEI^.' 

Many of our brethren and friends have asked us, What are you 
going to do for a Mission Hall when your present lease expires on 
May ist next? We frankly answer— We do not know. We 
offered the owner of the present Mission Hall a sum which he 
accepted for a nintj'-nine years' lease, and we began to think that 
-we were going to be provided for. But the owner of the block 
made certain conditions in regard to the sams which we did not 
think right and proper to concede. One of which was the pay- 
ment of the annual rent in gold coin of the United States, of the 
same weight and fineness of the present coin. Not knowing what 
gold coin would be worth a few years hence we did not think 
proper to bind the Mission to pay rent in this way. And thus ihe 
matter stands until now. 

We had also thought of purchasing the old Mill property on 
Clark street just south of Van Buren, where we first started the 
work ; but in order to do this we would have to raise some $40,000.00 
to $50,000.00 as a cash payment and with which to complete the 
building so as to answer for our present needs. 

But we were not able to raise this amount of money, and so the 
matter stands to-day in regard to this plan. 

We proposed last year to purchase this Mill property for 
$100,000.00 and to issue one hundred thousand shares of one dollar 
each par value, secured by mortgage on the property. These shares 
were to run five to twenty years at the option of the trustees of the 
mission, and to draw 5 per cent, semi-annual interest. This interest 
to be guaranteed by the founders of the Mission. Of this sum of 
$100,000.00 the founders of the Mission would subscribe one-half as 
a donation to the Mission, and pay the same in five annual install- 
ments. No one responded to this offer and so we concluded that 
this was not the Lord's way to provide us a new Mission Hall. 



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We now have no plan or the future, but are waiting to see what 
the Lord will do for us and the Mission. 

The recent severe illness of one of the founders of the Mission 
and his slow recovery tojiealth has for the time being put a stop to 
any investigation or plans for the future. The whole matter is 
therefore left in the hands of the Lord. Awaiting his good pleasure 
and the good pleasure of the friends of the Mission we cheerfully 
leave the matter of a new Mission Hall in His hands who orders 
all things for the best. 

Geo. R. and Mrs. Clarke. 



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©ESTIMOKIES OP THE SAVED IN THE 
I^AGIPIG GaI^DEN ff^ISSION. 

Could the Christian people of Chicago hear from time to time 
the many wonderful testimonies of those professing to be saved 
in this Mission we do not doubt for a moment that thev would con- 
clude that this work ought to be kept up. Permit us therefore to 
give a few testimonies as a fair specimen of thousands of others. 

A few years ago a man of some 35 years of age came into the 
Mission in a deplorable condition, nearly naked and crazed with 
liquor, for he had been on a long debauch. This man was cared 
for and was saved. 

He arose shortly after his conversion and testified as follows: 
" I was a confirmed drunkard. I abandoned my wife and children 
and left the East for the South on a long drunken debauch. A few 
months ago I beat my way to Chicago, and after many months of 
hard dissipation I was crossing the Harrison St. bridge one even- 
ing, and something said to m.e, 'now just plunge into these dark 
waters and you will soon be relieved of your miserj''. I was just 
in the act of doing it when some kind hand seized me by the 
shoulders and shoved me off of the bridge. I then strolled around. 
I found my way to the Mission without knowing what I was doing 
or where I was going. I reinained in here long enough to get 
somewhat sobered up, when kind people came to me and told me 
there was still hope for ine, if I would trust the Lord to help me, 
and to seek salvation through Him. I was but too glad to catch at 
anything which offered me relief from my terrible distress. Well, 



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I came to the Lord just as I was and he has saved me. I now have 
work and have been able to send to my family some of mv wao-es, 
and have to-day received a kind loving letter from my wife urging 
me to return home immecTiately as all was forgiven, and the dear 
children and she -wanted to see me so badly. 

" If the Lord will I am going home to-morrow. I thank vou 
good people for what you have done for me, and ask you to remem- 
ber me in your prayers." A few months after this testimony was 
given I was in New York, and called by request on the family of 
this man and was kindly received by them. He was the superin- 
tendent of a large Mission at that time, and is now at this day or 
when last heard frotn still engaged in Mission work in New York 
City and doing a vast amount of good. 

Another man a few months ago testified as follows: " I was 
tetotally ruined in body and mind by the terrible drink habit. It 
robbed me of character, money, family, health, friends and every- 
thing worth li\ ing for, and at last cast me into prison where Mrs. 
Clarke found me on one of her frequent visits to the county jail. 
Here she told me of a better wa\' and how to find it. I was 
plunged into the deepest sorrow and felt my disgrace very keenly. 
I was glad to listen to her cheering words of comfort, and like a 
drowning man catching at a straw, I seized hold of this niy only 
hope, and thank God I found salvation and peace. God has now 
restored to me all tliat drink and satan robbed me of. I have now 
a Christian character, the love and company of my dear wife and 
children, a good business, a good home and a host of good warm 
friends among the best business men of Chicago, and I owe it all 
bv the blessing of God and my Saviour to that little woman who 
shakes your hand at the door of the Mission. God bless her, and 
bless this mission where I have been strengthened and built up in 
mv Christian life. I still ask an interest in your prayers." 

If the dear reader of this could to-day drop into that beautiful 
home on one of the boulevards and see the happy faces as they wel- 



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coine to their beautiful table the founders of this mission, you 
would say -with us, I am sure, " This work does pay." 

We have only space for one more testimony, which was given 
a few'days since. A fine looking, intelligent man of middle life 
arose and said: "A few weeks ago I was a broken up lawyer in 
New York City. I have lost my practice and my friends and fam- 
ily and all by this cursed drink habit. One day, in utter despair, I 
rushed out of the city, not knowing or caring where I went, only 
that I could break away from my old companions. 

" I beat my way to Chicago, but the drink fiend followed me 
here, and I plunged deeper, if possible, than ever, into dissipation. 
One evening, not long since, I found my way into this mission, at- 
tracted here by the singing as I passed along this street. I here 
heard the good word of God, and was kindly invited by that lady 
to remain to the after meeting, which I did. That very night I 
was saved, and have been able to live a sober life ever since. I had 
often before tried many means of reformation, such as inebriate's 
homes, signing of pledges, etc., etc., but of no avail. But now, thank 
God, I am saved by trusting alone in the dear Saviour. I have 
found an old New York lawyer who knew me in my better days, 
and who, too, was helped by this mission when he was nearly des- 
troyed by drink. He has clothed me up and given me employment, 
and I am now again doing well — thank God and the good folks of 
this mission. 

" I can't say that I am never tempted to drink, for I am; but I 
have found strength in the Lord to keep me from indulging. The 
other day, while I was vmder a very great temptation to drink, I 
was passing over Clark street bridge, and just as I w^as listening to 
the voice of Satan, to just take one drink to brace me up, I looked 
up and saw on a sign board, these words, "Stop!" " Danger!" It 
seemed to me to be tlie voice of God speaking to me, and I then 
and there prayed for deliverance, and have been sweetly kept ever 
since. Prav for me." 



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Every Sundav, at the converts' testimony and prayer meeting, 
one can hear very many similar testimonies to the above, and this 
has been going on for fourteen years. A few evenings ago a 
young man arose and said: "Some twenty-seven months ago, I 
came in this mission in a distressed condition, all broken up from 
habits of dissipation, poorly clad, etc.; but I found salvation at that 
altar, 1 started the next morning to take a walk, and I walked to 
Omaha, when I found employment, and have been prospered ever 
since. I just arrived in Chicago this evening, and want to tell you 
that it pays to serve God." 

A few evenings after that, a prominent business man from Cin- 
cinnati said: "Five years ago I came in here, wrecked in every 
sense of the word, but was persuaded to look to the Lord for help, 
and since then have been kept and prospered." 

These are among the many who come and go on every Sunday 
forenoon. At the converts' prayer and testimony meeting, one can 
hear very many similar testimonies to the above, and this has been 
going on for fourteen years. 




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OpPIGSr^S OF IPHB CQiSSION. 



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ABOARD OF TRUSTEES.!^ 

Samuel W. Packard, 
B. F. Jacobs, 

D. W. Potter, 

Samuel Pike, 

Dr. S. Leavitt, 

Harry Monroe, 

Geo. R. Clarke, 

Sarah D. Clarke. 
GEORGE R. CLARKE and WIFE, Founders and Supts. 
HARRY MONROE, Assistant Superintendent. 

MRS. C. D. MORRIS, Supt. Sunday School. 

MRS. CARLOS SWIFT, Supt. Bible Class.